January 29, 2007|
Purdue Theatre to stage 'Urinetown: The Musical' Feb. 16-25
Evening performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 16-17 and Feb. 22-24. Matinee performances will be at 3 p.m. on Feb. 17-18 and Feb. 24-25. Katherine Burke will direct the production, with musical direction by Bill Barclay and choreography by Caley Milliken.
Creators Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis will transport viewers to an apocalyptic world where toilets are banned, water is scarce and public facilities are the only option for relief if citizens can afford to spare their pennies.
The heroic and uncompromising Bobby Strong leads the vagrant poor in revolt against the greedy and manipulative Caldwell B. Cladwell in order to renew the people's right to pee for free.
Burke said the play features witty lyrics and top-shelf musical numbers spoofing famous shows such as "West Side Story" and "Les Miserables." In addition, the set, sound and lighting designs will incorporate all of the bells and whistles available in Purdue's new state-of-the-art theater facility, she said.
"The consequence for not following the law is to be sent to 'Urinetown,' a mysterious place no one has seen," Burke said. "This show's somber themes of poverty, social injustice and corporate greed, however, are conveyed through some of the funniest characters, most bizarre situations and most infectious music in theater."
Burke is a visiting instructor at Purdue, from which she received her master's degree in theater in 1999. As a graduate student she appeared in many productions, including "Into the Woods" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Directing credits include "Under Milkwood," "Carousel," "Of Mice and Men" and "The Music Man."
Burke also is a singer, recently appearing with the Bach Chorale in Cole. She is a cantor at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and teaches voice. Burke is also the director of InterPlay: Interactive Theatre for Dialogue, through which she uses theater to stimulate dialogue and social change locally, nationally and internationally.
Barclay is a Boston musician and actor currently working in New York City. As a composer and multi-instrumentalist, he has provided live and recorded scores for PBS as well as numerous regional and off-Broadway theaters. He has trained at the National Theatre Institute, the University of Siena, Italy, and the Tanglewood Institute in Lenox, Mass. He holds a bachelor's degree in music and drama from Vassar College and a master's degree from the Boston University School of Theatre.
Admission for "Urinetown: The Musical" is $18 for the general public, $15 for seniors (62 and older) and $12 for students. Tickets are available at the Loeb, Elliot and Yue-Kong Pao Hall box offices or by calling (765) 494-3933 or (800) 914-SHOW.
A special matinee performance will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 21 for high school student groups. For information, call Peggy Felix, Purdue Theatre director of marketing and donor relations, at (765) 494-3084 or visit http://www.purdue.edu/theatre
A publication-quality photo of "Urinetown" is available at http://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/+2007/theatre-urinetown.jpg
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